published Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Dalton teen pleads not guilty to murder charges

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A Dalton, Ga., teen charged with strangling his grandmother to death last October pled not guilty at his arraignment this morning.

Joshua Johnson, 16, was charged with felony murder on Oct. 1, after his grandmother, Lorraine Frazier, was found strangled to death on the bathroom floor.

Sheriff’s deputies contend the teen strangled Frazier with a cord, but his family has argued that he came home from school and found her body on the floor.

In Whitfield County Superior Court, Johnson pled not guilty to the charge. His trial was set for the November calendar.

Read tomorrow’s Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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